The Lindis Pass Area - Misty Mountains
The dramatic Lindis Pass links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago, affectionately called 'Central' by southern Kiwis. These stark and uncompromising landscapes have a beauty all of their own—allow plenty of time to stop and take photos along the way.
You may find that glimpses of the towering Southern Alps look familiar—they were used as the Misty Mountains surrounding Rivendell in Peter Jackson's film The Lord of the Rings. Sites used to film the Great East Road and the Flight to the Ford are on private land about ten-minutes drive from the tiny township of Tarras, but you can still see much of the general area from a nearby side road.
There's loads to do and discover in historic Central Otago, and whether you choose to travel at the height of summer or in the crisp fresh air of winter, you'll find plenty of southern hospitality to warm your heart.
For further information about the Canterbury region view our Canterbury regional information section.